Hijacking Campaign 2012 - Information on Planned Parent Advocates of WI, Inc.

Hijacking Campaign 2012

Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI, Inc.

Posted: April 26, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014

Fall: OathSpending
Recall: OathSpending

This was one of two corporations created by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in 2010 to make independent expenditures to support Democratic candidates for statewide office and the legislature.  Planned Parenthood is the leading advocate and provider of reproductive health care for women in the state and the nation.  Between 2010 and June 2012 this corporation made independent expenditures of $398,146 in fall, recall and special elections in Wisconsin.

Fall Elections

The group registered to make independent expenditures to support candidates in Democratic primaries in the 7th, 10th and 44th Assembly Districts, and in the 6th Senate District. Following the primaries, the group added support for Senate Democratic incumbents Dave Hansen, Jessica King, and Julie Lassa and Assembly Democratic incumbents Amy Sue Vruwink and Gordon Hintz. The group also made independent expenditures to support Democratic challengers (or oppose Republican incumbents) in a number of other Assembly Districts.

Recall Elections

The group registered in spring 2012 to make independent expenditures in the June 5 recall elections  for governor, lieutenant governor and the State Senate.  Successfull recall elections petitions were filed against Republican Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican senators in response to the governor's 2011 bill curtailing public employee collective bargaining rights. In all elections, Planned Parenthood backed the Democratic challengers. The group sponsored a 30-second television ad shortly after the May 8 primary that criticized Walker for slashing funding and ending insurance coverage for women's health exams, cancer screenings and birth control services provided by the organization.

Planned Parenthood also sponsored a mailing that accused Walker and GOP Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine of eliminating state funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings and other important health services the group provides for women. Senator Wanggaard was the only Republican who lost in the 2012 recall elections.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Political Fund was also active in the recall elections.

Last active election: Recall and Special Elections 2011

This organization is registered with the Government Accountability Board following the January 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC as a corporation making independent disbursements.